The SIGGRAPH 2005 Job Fair: Part 2
The SIGGRAPH 2005 Job Fair: Part 2 - Speaking with a few companies
The job fair at SIGGRAPH 2005 once again drew a large crowd. The career center posted approximately 400 resumes, which represented only a portion of the job seekers in attendance. Danny Braet of Cafe FX said they received about a thousand demo reels from attendees over the course of the job fair.
With so many demo reels being received at each booth, do they all even get watched? Braet says yes, at least as far as Cafe FX is concerned. The reels they receive are color coded based on priority. This means that some are watched before others, but every single one eventually gets reviewed, typically by a panel made up of a producer, members of human resources and artists. Whether or not each reel is viewed in its entirety is another story. Braet mentioned that they will stop a reel after the first minute if it does not catch their eye. Something eager job seekers should keep in mind.
So what were employers looking for in a candidate at this year’s job fair? Of course, that depended on the company. Cafe FX said experience was more important than knowing a specific software package. Experience was also important to Critterpix, but in their case, it was also important that candidates applying knew Maya. Kyoko Aihara, a producer from Sprite, said they were looking for open-minded people whose work was flexible and fresh. As for Lucetius Design, Ronan Frias said they were looking for people who could model in AutoCAD and others who could do lighting and texturing in 3D Studio Max. Frias went on to say that, when reviewing demo reels, what he looked for was pretty pictures. What catches his eye is what looks nice as a whole. He also recommended printing at as high a resolution as possible when making a flat book.